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Accounting Reading Material
There is a never-ending supply of information about accounting. Here we've listed some of the best publications.
It can be daunting to search through the sea of information and
materials out there about accounting, so below we've listed
some of the most pertinent books, publications, and websites to
get you started or keep your on top of your game.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Website
Price: Annual membership dues range from $35 to $380, depending on your particular line of work and position. However, most of the site can be viewed for free.
What it is: The official website of the American Institute of Public Accountants, the largest professional association for Certified Public Accountants in the United States.
Where it's at: www.aicpa.org.
Benefits: A great way to learn more about accounting, find support and resources, and start making contacts.
Journal of Accountancy
Price: $69 per year, free for AICPA members.
What it is: Published by the AICPA, this monthly magazine keeps accountants up to date on new developments and news in the industry.
Where it's at: By subscription; some articles can be viewed for free at http://www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/joahome.htm.
Benefits: All the biggest news and latest trends in one place.
Drawbacks: None. Like in any corporation, it helps to be on top of industry developments.
Careers in Accounting (WetFeet Insider Guide)
Publisher: WetFeet, Inc.
What is it: A perfect read for anyone who wants a thorough and up-to-date introduction to all basic aspects of accounting. This guide covers everything from industry history to standard hours and pay.
Where it's at:Available online and in most major bookstores.
Benefits: A fairly comprehensive view of the industry.
Drawbacks: Information is thorough but basic. This guide is not meant for those who have done their research or are already in the industry.
Corporate Collapse: Accounting, Regulatory, and Ethical Failure
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
What is it: A brief history of accounting from the 1960s to the present. The book follows significant corporate collapses of the last few decades, which are linked to the developments in accounting that have created the industry we see today.
Where it's at: Most libraries or bookstores.
Benefits: Explains how and why the industry is what it is today.
Drawbacks: A dry read if you're unfamiliar with the field or not incredibly interested.
The Uniform CPA Examination Website
What it is: A good place to start researching and preparing for the CPA exam, which almost all accountants will have to take during their careers.
Where it's at: http://www.cpa-exam.org/
Benefits: All the information on this site is official and up-to-date.
Drawbacks: Not overwhelmingly user-friendly.
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